About a year ago two families (10-12 people) moved into the house next door. Two more families (15 people) moved into a house at the end of our street. Both know each other, both are Mexican nationals, almost every family member is driving a new car so like 10 cars are parked in front of both houses. First there was a constant stream of people up and down the street between the two houses. No harm, they're new, they know each other no big deal. I smiled and waved hoping to introduce myself and got a "go to hell look" from several of the men. However, they went out of their way to introduce themselves to the other Hispanic families in the neighborhood. No big deal, they probably feel more comfortable around other Hispanics. They act like they don't understand English but I've heard them speak it.<br><br>Then every day and night we've had to endure Tejano music cranked up so loud you could feel the bass vibrating your chest bone from inside your own house. The first week they were here one of the teenage boys decided to steal my 9 year old's bike. I caught him trying to ride it to the house at end of the street and stash it. He got warned. The whole family gave me dirty looks for weeks for not letting their son steal our bike. They have a twenty-something year old son that stays home all day and night and drinks cases of beer with the music blasting and his friends come by to help him. They all dress in gang-banger attire with Hispanic gang symbols galore. Every morning his poor 10 year old sister is out in the front yard picking up all the beer bottles they have thrown all over the place. Two weeks ago it was 12:30 AM on a Sunday night and the music was so loud I couldn't sleep and I had enough so I called the cops. They turned it down. Then I got more dirty looks all week. <br><br>Last month their electricity was cut off and the mother came over with the daughter interpreting and asked if we would run an extension cord over so they could have electricity again. The daughter looked like she was dying from embarrassment, I don't blame her. I said no. Gee, there are at least 7 men of working age driving newer cars than me and they only pay $500 rent for a 2200 sq. ft. house. Yet they can't afford electricity? They can afford beer and cigarettes.<br><br>Last night was the final straw! I went outside around 11:30 to park my car onto my driveway, I had parked in the street earlier. I saw my neighbor across the street was up and playing with a computer in his garage so I walked over. We were standing in his driveway talking when a SUV came zooming and weaving up the street. He slammed on the brakes in front of my house and sat there for a while and we watched puzzeled. Then he cut his wheels and pulled right up onto the grass in my front yard and started spinning the rear wheels tearing up grass. We ran over to see WTF he thought he was doing. It looked like he was about to crash it right through my front door and my 9 year old was asleep on the couch in that room. I asked, "Hey what the hell are you doing?" It was one of the men that live there so drunk he thought he had pulled into his house. He was swaying back and forth inside the SUV trying to take the keys out with it still in gear and running. I asked several more times what he thought he was doing and I got no answer. So I called the cops. He started to back out and ran into another neighbors van across the street, they are a young Black family that had just moved in a month ago and we hit it off immediately with them. They were outside watching the spectacle in shock. The cops were there in under two minutes, they arrested him trying to pull into his own driveway. Now I get the dirty looks again. I guess for not letting him tear up my yard and wreck into my house.<br><br>We have 3 other Hispanic families on our street all of whom are friends of ours. All warned us about these new people. They are embarrassed by them. We are vacationing with one of the families next month at Possum Kingdom, that's how close we are. The wife told me to watch out for these new people because she had "seen their type" in the barrio she grew up in. Since I'm white I'll probably be called a rascist for saying anything negative about them, even though my wife is half Hispanic, white man's burden I guess. The funny part is that they have been downright hostile to anyone who isn't Hispanic. Reverse racism? I dunno.<br><br>The last family we had that acted like them were a bunch of white rednecks, so this isn't a racial thing by any means. The bipolar daughter had a thing for ex-cons, I actually got into a fight with one ex-con boyfriend of hers right in my own front yard because he was threatening my kids with violence. I kicked his ass and the cops hauled him back off to jail. My kids thought it was cool, I had to have a long talk with them about fighting after that. I swear I should right a book. I could spend 3 chapters on the rednecks alone much less the new "cholos". On the outside our neighborhood looks like a pleasant scene from Leave It To Beaver, underneath it is totally the Twilight Zone!<br><br>
Hey man...just cause we are neighbors doesn't mean you have to air our dirty laundry! <br><br><br><br>Damn...that sounds like the neighbors from hell. If they are renting, then why not complain to their landlord?<br><br>
Brother...don't feel a bit bad calling it all out for what it is. <br><br>The Mexicans are taking over the neighborhood where I live too. Now, certainly not all Mexicans are like this, but we have the very same thing going on here (although certainly not to your extreme.)<br><br>What's frustrating is many of them are illegals, and they belong one place and one place only: right back from where they came. <br><br>I would do what John said..complain to the landlord...call the police, don't let up. <br><br>
Unfortunately the landlord was the guy that drove into my front yard. I just found out an hour ago. <br><br>Sorry to make such a long winded post but this has been eating at me for 12 months now. I live in Texas, I have had Mexican friends all my life and never run across people like this. As I said even my Hispanic friends were telling me these guys are up to no good. <br><br>But yeah, the plan is to keep the pressure up. We've waited out bad neighbors before we'll do it again. It's just frustrating.<br><br>
Whoa thats a big time hassle<br><br>Luckly where I live there is a Community Association that is very strong, they patrol daily and will sue owners or renters for any infractions of the association covenants.<br><br>1 - No on street parking allowed - they will tow your car no questions asked after 3 warnings.<br><br>Anyway - the association covenants are designed in such a way as to prevent that sort of renters moving into the neighborhood.<br><br>
It's funny I used to be against Neighborhood Associations and the like. I thought I would be giving up freedoms dealing with such organizations...but now I can clearly see the need. <br><br>The entire street has had enough and we have all talked about it and all agree that even the slightest infraction will be dealt with harshly in the future. We have kids running all over the street of all ages. It was fortunate they weren't drunk during the prime playtime hours. I never dreamed anything like this would happen in my neighborhood. <br><br>I mean...es mi barrio, esť!<br><br>
Yep <br>I still don't like Neighborhood Associations = Nazis<br>I even got cited for having a shovel in my Car Port, cuz I was doing yard work when they drove by - Covenant - you only can have 2 cars and the rubbish can in your car port at any given time. <-- anal or what and they will enforce their covenants and legally sue you.<br><br>I will say that my hood is always clean and orderly and maintained = and thats the reason I still live here for over 20 years.<br><br>
Loc: Pacific NW, USA
Whew I was afraid it was something really bad like a sturdy white guy that runs power tools and mows early in the morning and sprays skunk scent around your front porch.<br><br>Seriously be careful Mark. It sounds like you are tight with your other neighbors and that will help. Like you said this too shall pass. Usually people like that never can stay in one place too long. Good luck to you and your family. Race has nothing to do with it. There are uncouth people in every culture.<br><br>
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